To Teach or Not to Teach
Gary J. Simson
Mercer University School of Law
July 9, 2008
University of Toledo Law Review, Vol. 39, p. 375, 2008
Case Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-14
This essay, one of various symposium essays by law deans on legal education, addresses the significant trend among deans toward doing little or no teaching. The essay identifies various reasons, ranging from financial to symbolic to personal, why deans should teach. It then considers the weightiness of those reasons compared to that of the one truly formidable reason against deans teaching - too many things to do and too little time to do them. After noting some possible ways of structuring one's teaching to keep the time commitment within reasonable bounds, the essay suggests that on balance the trend away from deans teaching is one best reversed.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: Legal Education, Law School Deans, Law School Administration
JEL Classification: I20, K10, K19, K39, K49, Z00Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 9, 2008 ; Last revised: July 25, 2008
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